7 Amazing November Events Not To Miss in Tucson

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Tucson is the perfect place to go to school. You know that. With current events to enjoy throughout the year, there’s always something to do.

The weather is still fantastic in November, too, making spending time outdoors enjoyable even while people up north are bundled in winter coats. What’s there to do in November in Tucson?

Here are some recommendations.

Keep in Mind Before Heading Out

This year, things are a bit different around the world and here in Tucson, too. While some events are taking place, many of the favorites, including the Veteran’s parade and the holiday lighting that typically happens in November each year, have been postponed. That’s due in part to the surge in COVID-19 as well as local construction in some areas. There is still something to do just about any day, though. Here are a few places to get started.

Take on the Celtic Games

The Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games are taking place at Rillito Regional Park in early November. It is the type of experience where you can dress up in your fiercest battle gear or wear a charming ferry costume and enjoy yourself throughout the day. Eat good food, drink the local brew, and have fun with a group of friends, all with a Medieval charm to the experience. With the Highland games, there’s a bit of challenge in the air, too. You may even get to participate.

Take in Some Blues

For those looking for some fun and culture, the Congress Cookout with Bad News Blues Band is sure to be a favorite choice. The event happens on November 7 at Hotel Congress on Congress Street. It’s perhaps the most notable of all music experiences in the city. Anyone can visit – there is no charge to see them play. The Blues act is a lot of fun to watch, and there’s ample participation involved as well. This year, special guest Terry Hank will be a part of the event. There’s always good music present, but there’s also food and drink available as well.

Check Out the Train Show

Perhaps you have not enjoyed a good train show since you were young (or at all). That doesn’t mean you have to miss this year’s event. The Toy Train Show & Meet happens on November 13. It’s open to the public, and there is no charge to visit. It starts at 9 am and is set upright in the parking lot at 3975 N. Miller Avenue. Why attend? There are numerous collectible toys on display, including lots of memorability and prototype railroads. It’s exciting and can be an excellent way to get away from the books and dive into local history, too.

Find Something Special in the Artisan Market

Farmer’s markets are not all about fruit and veggies. If you are looking for something enjoyable, like vintage jewelry or exciting glass pieces, visiting the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block’s 36th Annual Fall Artisans Market is the route to take. The market brings together many local artisans who are selling their handmade or crafted items to the public. You may find artwork here, jewelry, textiles of all types, and lots of gift items. There is also a bit of a holiday flare this year as it will be the official start of the holiday season in Downtown Tucson. The market is open Friday through Sunday, November 19 to 21, from 10 am to 5 pm. There’s no charge to attend but bring an empty stomach and money for beautiful items.

You Have to Follow Tradition

Whether you are local to Tucson or not, one of the most important current events in November is the Wee Winter Wonderland. It’s become a holiday tradition in the city. It’s held at The Mini Time Machine, a museum for miniatures of all types. Quite a unique event, it welcomes the public to see a very different side of the holidays. The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is fully decorated. That includes a dozen displays in miniature form depicting the holidays around the world and through time. Visit starting November 23. The only cost is that of admission to the museum.

Go for a Run Virtually

Participate in a virtual run at the 2021 Gobble Til You Wobble 5K/10K. The event takes place on November 25 (Thanksgiving). Tickets are on sale. The proceeds from the event will go to Feeding America. There are events like this available worldwide, which means you’ll be running with thousands of other people for a good cause.

Staying Up to Date

Current events for 2021 are still unfolding. Because of the current state of the pandemic, there’s no doubt that people will see their schedules change in the coming month. Look for other local holiday events to become available as the season gets a bit closer.